Sustainable Crop Production Intensification

The need to feed a growing population is a constant pressure on crop production, as is coping with an increasingly degraded environment and uncertainties resulting from climate change - and the need to adapt farming systems to these. Sustainable crop production intensification provides opportunities for optimizing crop production per unit area, taking into consideration the range of sustainability aspects including potential and/or real social, political, economic and environmental impacts.

Recent trends would indicate that the incorporation of scientific principles of ecosystem management into farming practices can enhance crop production (yield). With a particular focus on environmental sustainability through an ecosystem approach, sustainable crop production intensification aims to maximize options for crop production intensification through the management of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

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          Mainstreaming Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity into Agricultural Production and Management in East Africa

          Agroecology Symposium Proceedings

          Self-evaluation and Holistic Assessment of climate Resilience of farmers and Pastoralists

          Protocol to detect and monitor pollinator communities: Guidance for practitioners

          Sampling Data Sheet for Monitoring Pollinator Communities

          Final report of the Agroecology Symposium

          World fertilizer trends and outlook to 2018

          Pollinator Safety in Agriculture

          Perennial crops for food security

          The rise of resilience

          Evidence-based climate change adaptation

          Efficient Management for sustainable intensification of rice-based farming systems

          Trees Outside Forest in Asian Rice Production Landscapes

          Policy and Legal Frameworks to Support Effective ecosystem Control of Insect Pests in Asian Rice Production System

          The Multiple Goods and Services of Asian Rice Production Services

          Aquaculture and Fisheries in Rice-Based Ecosystems

          Guidance on weed issues and assessment of noxious weeds


          Mountain Farming is Family Farming

          Supporting Communities in Building Resilience through Agro Pastoral Field Schools

          Agricultural mechanization in Sub Saharan Africa: guidelines for a strategy

          Mechanization for Rural Development: a Review of Patterns and Progress from Around the World

          Aspects Determining the Risk of Pesticides to Wild Bees



            SmartSOIL Newsletter 2013



          Living with the Trees of Life: Towards the Transformation of Tropical Agriculture

          Book reviews:

          Making the Case for Family Farming